President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has gone into self-isolation, his office announced on Wednesday morning. He took the decision after a guest he had attended a dinner with on Saturday tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday.
The guest started showing symptoms on Sunday, the Presidency said, after the 35-person fundraising event for the Adopt-a-School Foundation, a “partner entity” of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.
Ramaphosa’s office said he is feeling well and will perform his duties remotely while observing the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine.
“The event adhered stringently to Covid-19 protocols and directives on screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks. As was the case with all guests, the President himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing the guests,” the Presidency said in statement.
“The President is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with Covid-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest.
“The President will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines that apply to self-quarantine.”